COACHES AND QUARTERBACKS – AFC SOUTH
Both high profile, and arguably the most important components of a successful football team. More credit and blame than they deserve? Probably. I’ve gone back 50 years and chose only one of each as the greatest for selected teams. Some were easy choices, others not so easy.
Coach: Bum Phillips
Phillips goes back to the days when the franchise was in Houston as the Oilers. Jeff Fisher is a close second here.
Quarterback: Warren Moon
McNair and Pastorini get honorable mention.
Coach: Gary Kubiak
Such a young and unsuccessful franchise that Kubiak gets the nod based on longevity.
Quarterback: Matt Schaub
For the same reasons as Kubiak
Coach: Tom Coughlin
Who else? Not Del Rio.
Quarterback: Mark Brunnell
Another relatively young franchise so Brunnell doesn’t have much competition here.
Coach: Tony Dungy
We can only count 5 of Shula’s seasons under this category, but still a close call.
Quarterback: Johnny Unitas
Unitas goes back to the days when the franchise was in Baltimore. Obviously a very good case could be made for Peyton Manning. And although injuries derailed his career, Bert Jones was bad-ass. Helluva list of QB’s here.